KNIGHTDALE — One relocation, 26 years of service and countless memories later, Knightdale Seafood and BBQ closed for good Feb. 1. so owners Phyllis and Larry Addleton can begin living out their golden years.
For customers, the close was unexpected, so the Addletons left a sign on the front door for any regulars who hadn’t heard the news.
“We are grateful beyond words for our customers and our employees and our friends, but it is time for us to retire,” the sign reads. “Our grandkids are growing and we are going to enjoy our lives with the ones we love most.”
The Addletons could not be reached for comment.
In 2001, the restaurant moved from a 1930s building across Knightdale Boulevard to its Money Court location, but it didn’t change the friendly atmosphere the Addletons created, local author and longtime Knightdale resident Wanda Ramm said.
“It made everybody smile, especially if you were from the town,” she said. The restaurant’s walls were decorated with photos and news clippings detailing Knightdale’s history and there were old advertisements of national brands in the place as well.
But, according to Ramm, one of the best parts of the place was the personal connection the Addletons made with their customers.
“It had personality and they really cared whether you really liked the food or not, and they would go out of their way to do nice things,” she said.
In the early 90s, Ramm went back to college, and Phyllis Addleton promised her a free ribeye steak when she graduated.
Three years later, Ramm got her degree and Addleton obliged.
“She didn’t have to say, ‘Wanda, I’m going to give you a steak when you graduate,’ I would’ve liked her anyway,” Ramm said.
“(Their popularity) had to do with their personal attention … they cared enough to serve people well,” she said.
Knightdale Seafood and BBQ was one of a handful of locally owned and operated restaurants in Knightdale.
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